How do robot mops work?
Only a decade ago robotic cleaners used to be more of a novelty than a necessity. They would tool around a room and sort of, kind of, clean it. They would, unfortunately, usually miss large spaces, get stuck, or run out of battery so quickly that they couldn’t get the job done.
Thankfully, robotic mop technology has improved to the point where these cleaners are just as effective as a person using a mop and bucket.
Most robotic mops operate through a random algorithm that has them go through your room in a pattern the first few times until it “learns” the layout of your room. After these test runs, the mop will know where obstacles are and how to avoid them to make sure that your floors are beautifully clean.
Many of the mops of today are designed to deliver damp mopping for tile, vinyl, stone, and hardwood floors. Others will operate with a jet stream. Still, others will use microfiber cloths and small amounts of water from an internal tank. These machines also usually will act as sweepers and vacuums to get rid of dust and pet hair. After they are through cleaning, they will return to their dock to recharge. All you have to do is empty their dustbins and replenish their water tanks.
Features to consider while choosing a robot mop
As you can imagine, there are a lot of different factors that you need to keep in mind when you are looking for the best robot mop. In this section, we will go through all the key details you need to take into account to find the best robot mop machine as well as answer several frequently asked questions.
While you would think that a robot mop would be limited to merely wet mopping, this is not the case. Depending on your cleaning needs, you can get a robot mop that can do a variety of different types of cleaning. This can include wet mopping for large stains, sweeping for dust, or vacuuming for pet hair and larger debris.
If you really want to make sure that your floors are completely spotless, you can also get a robotic mop that uses UV sterilization, like the bObsweep PetHair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop. That way, not only will your floors completely stain free, but they will be germ-free as well.
Recommended floor types
There is no real limit to the type of floors that a great robotic mop can clean. The most advanced, and therefore, most expensive, models will be able to clean pretty much any surface you can think of. This makes them perfect for homes with hardwoods, tile, stone, carpet, vinyl, or laminate flooring.
Of course, you can save a bit of money by getting a mop that only fits your specific style of flooring. That way, you won’t end up paying for a feature that you won’t ever use. On the other hand, if you choose to move, your mop might not be as effective in your new home if the flooring doesn’t match up the uses of your machine.
The coverage area of a robotic mop is how much space it can clean at one time on one charge. Obviously, if you have a larger home or space, then you are going to need a cleaner with a larger coverage area. Make sure that you read the different coverage areas closely, however.
Most of the models on the market have different coverage areas based on what function you are using. For instance, the iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop has a 1000 square feet of sweeping area, but only a 350 square feet of mopping area.
Be sure that you get a mop that can clean your intended space on one charge to save time and electricity.
The runtime of your mop is how long it can run on one charge. The higher the number, the more area it can cover and the longer it will run. As with the coverage area, the runtime is going to vary based on the function you are using. If you are using your machine as a mop, it is always going to have a shorter runtime than if you were using it as a vacuum or a sweeper.
Along with the runtime, you should also look carefully at the charging time of your preferred sweeper. This will let you know about how long it will take your cleaner to recharge and get back to work.
As you would expect with anything involving so many moving parts, you need to make sure that you get a good warranty. This is especially true when it comes to anything that is using water. Parts are going to naturally fail, even if you take extremely good care of your robotic mop. By having a warranty in place, you can guarantee that you will be able to replace any parts that do break down so that your mop can run smoothly.
While none of these features are absolutely necessary, they will make your life a lot easier. One of the best additional features you should consider is being able to control your mop with an app. This will allow you to make sure it gets troublesome or especially dirty spots clean every time. Quick charge times and easy-to-clean parts are also really nice features that you might want to keep an eye out for.